Suspected al Shabaab militants attack Somalia military base- defence ministry

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NAIROBI, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Suspected al Shabaab militants attacked a Somali subject basal successful the cardinal Galgaduud portion connected Monday, the defence ministry said, days aft the country was captured by authorities forces.

The service repulsed the onslaught connected the basal lodging nationalist and section troops successful Qayib, a colony captured from al Shabaab past week, defence ministry spokesperson Abdullahi Ali Anod told the authorities quality bureau SONNA.

The onslaught began with 2 termination car bombs astatine astir 0500 section clip (0200 GMT), followed by hours of dense fighting, Ahmed Hassan, a subject serviceman successful the adjacent municipality of Bahdo, told Reuters.

It wasn't instantly wide however galore radical had been killed successful the raid, Hassan said.

A spokesperson for al Shabaab could not instantly beryllium reached by telephone.

The al Qaeda-linked Islamist radical has killed tens of thousands of radical since 2006 successful their combat to overthrow Somalia's Western-backed cardinal authorities and instrumentality their mentation of Islamic law.

Reporting by Abdi Sheikh; Writing by Hereward Holland; Editing by Tommy Reggiori Wilkes and Lincoln Feast

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